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Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games
Publisher: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: Indie, Platformer
MSRP: $14.99
Platform: PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

And they said shovelry was dead

In the days of micro-transactions, subscription paywalls, next-gen consoles and over-performing PC’s, it’s great to behold a game that opens a magic door to our youth while shrugging off high-def graphics for some old-fashioned dash-and-slash platforming fun.

That’s exactly what Shovel Knight does, and it does so with effortless grace.

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Shovel Knight is a love letter to old-school gaming, and resonates with classic sentiments found in beloved platformer greats like Mega Man, Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Duck Tales.Yacht Club Games takes players on a timeless journey back in time to the glory days of childhood gaming: brightly-lit backdrops, bit-style graphics, big boss battles and tediously timed jumps — all of which culminate in a grand adventure to the heart of nostalgia itself.

The game pulls you in and never lets go, and players find themselves whisked away to a world of infinite charm and splendor — one that brings back a host of memories in its wake. But it’s not only wistfulness that keeps us within the colorful dungeons of the game.

The mechanics, which resemble a cherry-picked selection of all the best elements from a whole generation of platformers, are extremely absorbing and easily shine as bright as those decades-old classics.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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